Texas Tech University


Mentoring is one of the most critical aspects of the McNair Scholars Program. Mentors are asked to commit their time, share knowledge and insight, and guide McNair Scholars through the research process and the completion of a research project.

Mentors are also asked to provide full support to McNair Scholars for the duration of their undergraduate career by introducing respective fields and professional networks, assisting with the graduate school process, and empowering and instilling confidence within their endeavors.

Mentors are selected from the fields in which McNair Scholars intend to pursue research projects and/or graduate study.


Throughout the academic year, mentors will perform the following responsibilities:

  • Meet with scholars regularly
  • Assist scholar with the research process, provide feedback, & assign benchmarks
  • Supervise scholar's summer research internship
  • Prepare scholar for academic/scholarly publication
  • Complete on-going monthly assessments
  • Discuss the graduate school application process
  • Identify & recommend graduate programs & share connections
  • Refer scholars to professional networks, opportunities, & respective research journals
  • Support scholar & write strong letters of recommendation


Mentors must have the following to be considered:

  • Terminal degree in area of competency 
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of teaching experiences in area of subject competency
  • Texas Tech University Faculty or Staff

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?


McNair Scholars Program